REVIEW by Will Slocombe

NWR Issue 104

Over the Line

by David Lloyd

Justin is a fifteen-year-old boy from East Liberty, a small town steadily collapsing into oblivion. The town has no future for him, or people his age, and despite the building of various ‘McMansions’ used by commuters rather than residents, the local economy is falling apart and any nostalgic sense of community is fractured. Into this setting comes a wide array of characters (some more like stereotypes), including drug pushers, game designers, school bullies, Holocaust survivors, and abusive fathers. If this sounds crowded, that’s because it is, although it does no harm in terms of emphasising the claustrophobic nature of a town imploding...

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